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Poster: light into ashes Date: Mar 8, 2011 4:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playing in the Band 4/14/72

Yeah, that baffled me too. Not just that they didn't even START mixing these until AFTER the big box-set sellout, but that the guy in charge of mixing doesn't even know what tape sources are available or how he's going to edit. (I loved it when he said, "I think Rob Eaton has some 2-tracks on DAT, you'll have to ask David..." Or when he's asked who'll decide on whether to use the Dead's overdubs: "I don't know - I guess me.")
They only just figured out how many CDs this set would be, too...
You can tell how much planning went into this!

To be fair, the interview was weeks ago, & he'd probably have better answers today; and there may have been reasons for a late start on the mixing. They do have other releases to prepare as well... (The 4/1/88 release might've been weeks in the making!)

But yeah, there are the 3 choices for the reel gaps - internal edit, 'fly in' a piece of a different show, or patch in a 2-track - so we'll see which ways he ends up going.

One week may well be a brief time for a 'creative' mixer like Norman to spend on a show - he briefly mentioned that the vocal tracks have to be brought down whenever they're not singing; instrument levels may be changed during the jams; players making 'mistakes' might be mixed low to try to cover it up; and who knows what else... The hours could easily fly by. I'll be amazed if we actually see a September release!

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Poster: high flow Date: Mar 8, 2011 3:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playing in the Band 4/14/72

Mixing bad notes out of a show sounds ridiculous to me. Is that what the hardcore GD fan wants in his holy grail release? Is this type of mixing taking mixing too far?

I'm all for removing buzzes and pops and crackles, but I want and expect to hear that breaking string or bad chord BETTER than EVER.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Mar 8, 2011 5:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playing in the Band 4/14/72

"I'll be amazed if we actually see a September release!"

I'd rather they get it right then right on time. I thought the PITB sounded pretty good. The sound quality seemed like a real upgrade and the drums sound like Billy is sitting next to me. I agree that Keith is low, but not gone. Hopefully they will bring Keith up at points where he is not in the way (a ridiculous comment) like in Paris.

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Poster: ice9freak Date: Mar 8, 2011 2:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playing in the Band 4/14/72

I haven't listened to the Playin' teaser yet, but I'm in total agreement about the timetable issue. I've pre-ordered a personalized version and would love for it to show up at my door this second, but if mixing it takes a whole year instead of six months, then a year it is. We're talking about a release that will, in effect, lock-up a whole tour's worth of SBDs. Anything less than an improvement on the currently available recordings would be a dishonor to the music.

(edit: actually listening right now. Jerry and Bob sound great, and Billy sounds f-ing incredible. Phil seems just right to my ear. Keith indeed gets harder to pick out when Phil and Jer get louder in the jam...)

This post was modified by ice9freak on 2011-03-08 22:56:50

This post was modified by ice9freak on 2011-03-08 22:57:31